Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Seahawks star Wilson joins Sounders ownership group

Seahawks star Wilson joins Sounders ownership group

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, singer Ciara and rapper Macklemore are among a group of 11 families that have joined the ownership group of the Seattle Sounders. The group is led by former Microsoft executive Terry Myerson and his wife, Katie, and includes CEO Satya Nadella and wife Anu; CFO Amy Hood and husband Max Kleinman; vice president Joe Belfiore and his wife, Kristina; and former senior executive Soma Somasegar and wife Akila.

It comes as founding owner Joe Roth departs the Sounders, who won the MLS Cup in 2016 after joining the league as an expansion team in 2009. Some of us were born right here. Hanauer will remain as the club's majority owner.

Terry Myerson, who is described in the announcement as the "driving force" behind this new group of investors wrote a long blog post on LinkedIn to explain why the soccer club could be a great investment opportunity for his family, Microsoft colleagues, and other personalities who share a deep love for Seattle.

Terms of the deal, which closed July 31, were not disclosed. The club also announced that Hanauer Futbol, a group composed of Hanauer, his wife, Lenore, and Paul Barry, increased its investment in the Sounders. "And obviously because of the Seahawks, and now because of the Sounders, it makes that really come to life", Wilson said in a statement. The figure trails only the wildly popular Atlanta United FC in average attendance, and the Sounders set several league attendance records prior to United beginning play in 2017.

Wilson has always been interested in sports ownership in the Pacific Northwest. Allen, sister of the late Paul Allen, also owns the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. That team is now held in a trust bearing his name following Allen's death in October 2018.

"He quickly put together this rock star, literally and figuratively, group of owners and I had known several of them over time and met some new ones, and I guess it was humbling to know how much passion there was, how much connection there was to the club that we all have built together", Hanauer said.

"We are doubling down on this community and growing our local roots even deeper", majority owner Adrian Hanauer said in a statement.

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